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Old 03-24-2008, 02:15 PM   #1
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are there any tools you've found yourself using all the time on your TJ? I'm getting my first Wrangler (a '98), and I plan on being DIY for most of the projects I'll wind up with (I haven't figured out what they'll be yet).

Basically, I want to make sure I build up my tool collection for her, anyone have any tools that they couldn't live without?

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buy a torx bit set.
t-55 is the largest if i recall... im pretty sure you'll run into a few

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Old 03-24-2008, 02:37 PM   #3
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buy a torx bit set.
t-55 is the largest if i recall... im pretty sure you'll run into a few
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You will find a Torx bit a must in a Jeep.
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Torx set for sockets and also try to find the allen wrench style torx

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a crescent wrench, a hammer, a screwdriver, and duck tape
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I've found that a 3-4lb hammer comes in really handy sometimes when parts won't budge. Sometimes a 1lb just won't cut it. Also, channel locks and vice grips are always useful.
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You'll also need both SAE and metric sockets and wrenches. Your '98 uses both types throughout so you might as well just get sets of both. A number of bolts require they be tightened to a specfic ft-lbs. tightness so a clicker-style (a soft audible click is produced when it's at the desired tightness) 1/2" torque wrench is recommended too. I use only quality wrenches like Craftsman at least, but I can heartily recommend Harbor Freight Tool's torque wrench. They usually sell for only $20 but they go on sale for $10 on occasion. Their accuracy compares with my buddy's Craftsman torque wrench and their quality is actually pretty darned good for the $$$.

So at least from my point of view having been wrenching on my vehicles for over 40 years, you can ignore the possible negative comments on that particular torque wrench from those who believe you have to spend big $$$ for a torque wrench. It's cheap enough that I'd also pick up one of their 3/8" clicker torque wrenches at the same time since the 3/8" size is more accurate and appropriate on some of the smaller bolts that have specific tightness requirements.
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I've found that a 3-4lb hammer comes in really handy sometimes when parts won't budge. Sometimes a 1lb just won't cut it. Also, channel locks and vice grips are always useful.
ya, gotta make it a BFH ( Big F'n Hammer). my buddy had to use vice grips as a shifter in his cj for a while. seriously though, get yourself a nice breaker bar, or large half inch drive ratchet. the longer the breaker, or ratchet, the easier your life will be, (for removing bolts, not installing always)
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13, 15, and 18, 19mm socket is a must.. 3/8 and 1/2 socket wrench.. jack stands and floor jack. BFM as jp doc mentioned.. channel plier. i would sart with craftsman, they are not the best but gets the job done, and has lifetime warrantee.. just bring them to sears and they give you a new one.. no questiones asked. I would also get some 3 foot pipes, to fit in your wrench for leverage, on stucko nuts and bolts.. and of course some jp blaster and wd-40.
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You will find a Torx bit a must in a Jeep.
X3 Make sure you get a good set, not a cheapo Taiwanese set.

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